Sunday, January 25, 2015

NFT Launches Kickstarter campaign for Amiri Baraka's MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA

Amiri Baraka
Dear NFT friends & supporters, 

This is NFT's Kickstarter campaign for Amiri Baraka's Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B. DuBois). Please give it a look and help me by donating. The legacy of Amiri Baraka, who passed one year ago, January 9, is alive and vibrant on stages, in cafes and centers around the world, in the realm of social and traditional media and in the hearts of his family and friends. This month, some of his closest friends of New York City theatre are kick starting an effort to raise funds for the May production of the prolific writer-activist's last play, written in 2011: Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B. DuBois). Click the "Kickstarter" button below to see the selection of 200 gifts that we will be sending to all those we donate! 

Friday, January 23, 2015


2014 Fade to Black Play Festival participants

Script submissions will be accepted from Sunday, February 1, 2015 
until Wednesday, April 1, 2015. 

The theme and subject matters of the work is open to the playwright's imagination.

Local Houston directors and actors are encouraged to participate.

Selected playwrights will be contacted no later than Friday, May 1, 2015. 

There is no fee to submit. 

Winner will be awarded a cash prize of $100.00. 

To qualify for consideration, 
the scripts must conform to the following guidelines:

  • Must be an original, unpublished work written by an African American playwright. 
  • Must be no longer than 10 minutes. 
  • Should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues. 

To submit: 

On the front page of your script include your name, contact information, title of the play as well as any character descriptions. 

Only three (3) scripts are allowed per playwright. 

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Building on the growing success and popularity of our previous years, WMGE, LLC presents its third season of “Fade To Black”, Houston's only short play festival celebrating the new works of African American playwrights.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Auditions for DC Black Theatre Festival (Washington, DC)

Don’t just stand there, become a part of History! 
DC Black Theatre Festival is looking for Actors in all skill levels!!! 

Don’t miss the chance to audition for 15 different playwrights, producers, directors, theatre groups who are all looking for you! This isn’t just a “Call for Actors” it’s a chance of a lifetime. So you have been dreaming about being on stage, this is opportunity you have been waiting for. One Audition, 15 chances… 

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015 
Time: 11am – 3pm 
Location: THEARC Theatre 
1901 Mississippi Ave, SE 
Washington, DC 20032 

 Male and female actors of all ages. Please submit your headshot and resume to . Please state your preferred time slot between 11am and 3pm. We will make every attempt to schedule as close as possible to your requested time. It is highly recommended that you bring additional headshots and resumes along with you to your audition. 

The DC Drama Department is proud to announce the 6th DC Black Theatre Festival, a 10-days festival celebrating Washington, DC’s thriving theatre community. The DC Black Theatre Festival will bring together a wide array of local and national artists, writers, directors, producers, theatre companies and theatre lovers in what promises to be one of the city’s biggest self-producing black theatre projects ever. See our website for more details

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Petronia Paley to teach Monologue & Scene Study at New Federal Theatre Workshop Feb 2-March 2, 2015 PLUS our Favorite Multihyphenate does Thomas Middleton's A CHASTE MAID IN CHEAPSIDE, 12-29

Season's Greetings!
I the Actor wishes you a beautiful Holiday Season and a New Year of creativity,  peace, and prosperity!
- Petronia Paley,
  I the Actor
ITA News and Announcements
New Class Announcement:
Monologue and Scene Study
The 2015 Winter/Spring classes are already upon us, and this year brings something new! Petronia Paley will be a guest instructor at the New Federal Theatre Workshop for four classes only, which includes not only the ITA training you love but also exposure to other instructors and professional connections!

Get hands-on training with Petronia Paley, Arthur French, Charles Turner, and Alice Spivak at the New Federal Theatre! Every student's project will be showcased and viewed by professional theatre producers, casting directors, and agents.
Petronia Paley will be teaching 4 WORKSHOPS ONLY: February 2-March 2, 2015.
Classes are held on Mondays 6:30-9:30 pm.
Contact Ajene D. Washington, Workshop Coordinator, for more details!
New Federal Theatre       Phone. 212.353.1176       Fax. 212.353.1088

Stay tuned to the website  
for news about when classes return to their full schedule

A Special Reading of:
Join us at Lucille Lortel Theatre on December 29, 2014 for a special reading of A CHASTE MAID IN CHEAPSIDE, featuring Petronia Paley.

Red Bull Theater presents...
directed by Ben Prusiner
December 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM
at Lucille Lortel Theatre
121 Christopher Street, NYC, 10014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Jaz Dorsey's HEADSHOTS kicks off Metro Parks and Rec's New Play Reading Series (Nashville)

My song cycle HEADSHOTS will serve as a curtain raiser for the kick off of the fourth year of the Metro Nashville Parks Theatre Department's New Play Reading Series, to be performed by the amazing HILARY MORRIS. HEADSHOTS is a set of five songs from my various musicals - kind of a mini cabaret.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Khalil Kain's LAMBS TO SLAUGHTER at Blackboard - Monday, December 8 (NYC)

Please click image to enlarge.

Lambs to Slaughter
Written and Directed by Khalil Kain

Lambs To Slaughter tells the story of a mourning single mother living alone now in the city after the murder of her son Emmett. Her name is Joan. Time seems to stand still for Joan as she is overwhelmed by her grief. With help from her neighbor and best friend Athena and the care of her good friend Paul, Joan is able to wrestle with the memories of her son Emmett.  Like Athena and Paul, Emmett wants to make sure that his mother safely navigates her mourning process. The loss of a child will always be devastating, but the loss of a child to gun violence could easily be too much to bear for any parent. There is no escape for Joan. Or is there? Love and a life away from this dark place is offered to Joan by Paul. Can Joan learn to love with her broken heart? With the help of her friends and encouragement from her son, Joan is able to make the choice that allows her to live again. 
W. Tre Davis as EMMETT
Tracie Franklin as JOAN
Pamela Monroe as ATHENA
$10 Suggested Donation


Wine served.
Reading followed by a 20-minute talkback.

About Khalil Kain

New York City born and bred. 20 plus years in the entertainment industry as an actor. Best known for his role as Raheem in the hood classic JUICE, and as his turn as Darnell on the hit tv show GIRLFRIENDS.

Khalil worked as the director and as a producer at Aaron Davis Hall for their production of Sam Shepard's BURIED CHILD. Khalil sits on the board of directors at the City College Center of the Arts, and teaches at the Harlem School of the Arts. 

Khalil is now transitioning to work behind the camera. The Cop drama MADERO is presently in development with Khalil Kain Producing. 

LAMBS TO SLAUGHTER is the first play written by Khalil Kain. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Call for Gospel Plays


My name is Jason Fullen, and I work with the organization Grace InFused Theatre. We are a non-profit arts organization that seeks to support and showcase theatrical productions from across the country that promote the Gospel. We are excited to stage the 2015 Grace InFused Theatre Festival this July 10-11th, 2015 in downtown Columbus, Ohio at the historic Vern Riffe Center. We are currently accepting applications for the festival - we welcome all playwrights, theatre groups, drama ministries and anyone else with an original production to share to apply for this year’s festival by visiting The application deadline for the 2015 Grace InFused Theatre Festival is February 1st, 2015. For more information or questions, e-mail 

Connect with Grace InFused Theatre on social media! Grace InFused Theatre Facebook Grace InFused Theatre Twitter Grace InFused Theatre Instagram 

Apply now! 

Jason Fullen 
Program Manager, 
Grace InFused Theatre

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Video Series on Theatre Financing by Gordon Firemark

Video series by Gordon Firemark on theatre financing is worth the watch if you're planning on raising funds yourself to stage your play or musical. Click here to view.